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(L3 - VSS) LUNCH PRESENTATION: Duty to Accommodate: Compliance to Engagement (45 minutes)

Presenters: Wade King and Teddi Doupe, University of Alberta

Abstract: Duty to Accommodate legislation provides the legal basis and driver of processes such as universal design.  Accommodation enables equitable participation in the areas of employment, tenancy, education and access to other goods and services. Accommodation should be provided in a manner that respects the dignity of the individual, meets the needs of that particular individual, promotes integration and full participation, and respects confidentiality.  It also must be balanced with the needs and resources of the body providing the accommodation.

This session will outline “the basics” of accommodation, with a further exploration of how to foster support and buy-in to accommodation initiatives.  It will also address why proactive accommodation measures, such as UDL are a benefit to organizations and learners.

Participants can expect to come away with a grater understanding of what the Duty to Accommodate is and how to effectively apply it.

Audience: All

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will have a greater understanding of Duty to Accommodate Legislation
  • Participants will understand how to apply the legislation to their environments/work.
  • Participants will understand how to identify and remove barriers to accommodation


Wade King is the Safe Disclosure & Human Rights Advisor to the University of Alberta.  A position accepted in February 2009.  He currently serves as Past - President of the Canadian Association for the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment in Higher Education (CAPDHHE), is an Advisory Board member of the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion and is a member of the Edmonton Business Diversity Network. Mr. King has over 14 years of experience in the public and post-secondary sectors; primarily in the areas of human rights, diversity & inclusion, community relations and safe disclosure. Prior to his current position, he served as the Senior Diversity and Inclusion Consultant with the City of Edmonton, Outside of work, Wade is active in various diversity and human rights organizations, such as the Pride Centre of Edmonton.

Teddi Doupe - Teddi volunteered with Specialized Support & Disability Services (SSDS) (now, Student Accessibility Services (SAS), for several years before becoming Effective Reading & Writing Strategies Instructor for the Program for Students with Learning Disabilities (PSLD) in fall 1995. Over the years, her role evolved into Manager, Services for Students with Learning Disabilities. She led the PSLD, coordinated services for students with learning disabilities, and worked directly with students, teaching a few classes and individual sessions each term. Teddi has represented SAS on many committees and serves as a liaison to groups interested in accessibility and disability. Her affiliations have included serving in various leadership capacities with the following organizations: the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta and LDAA - Edmonton Chapter, the provincial Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta conference, the Post-secondary Providers of Services for Students with Disabilities, the Alberta Student Services Conference, and the Canadian Association of Disability Service Providers in Post-Secondary Education. She is a member of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services, the Association of Higher Education and Disability, and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. In addition to her work with SAS, Teddi has enjoyed teaching in the Faculty of Education, working with the Fresh Start Program and the Academic Support Centre at the University of Alberta, and serving as an English language rater for the Association of Visual Language interpreters of Canada. More recently, Teddi was hired as the Associate Director for SAS and is relishing this newest challenge.

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Updated January 13, 2016 by Student & Academic Services